Realize value quickly with standardized, out-of-the-box functionality across a comprehensive portfolio of core PDM and advanced PLM applications.
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the process of managing complex product information, engineering and manufacturing workflows, and collaboration of people in an extended enterprise. PLM software allows you to manage this information throughout the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively from ideation, design and manufacture through service and disposal.
The primary goal of PLM is to coordinate the information, processes and people associated with the lifecycle of a product. Doing so entails many benefits such as fewer production errors, fewer cycle iterations and, ultimately, increased speed to market.
Manufacturers have never needed real-time information sharing, dynamic data visualization, and the ability to collaborate more than they do today. With easy, secure data access for multi-disciplinary and geographically-distributed teams, quality-focused processes, and a data driven approach to manufacturing, Windchill is elevating how product development gets done.
PLM can be viewed as both an information strategy and as a business strategy. As an information strategy, PLM builds a coherent data structure by consolidating systems. As a business strategy, PLM lets global organizations, regardless their location, work as a single team to design, produce, support and retire products while capturing best practices and lessons learned along the way. PLM empowers your business to make unified, information-driven decisions at every stage in the product lifecycle.
Windchill’s open architecture enables easy integration with other enterprise systems, including IoT, providing a solid foundation for a product-driven digital thread. PTC’s PLM system provides comprehensive out-of-the-box functionality and highly configurable role and task-based apps. Expand self-service access of traceable product data to non-experts who don’t typically use PLM, while avoiding over-customization and complexity.
Reduce time to market
Improve product quality
Reduce prototyping costs, change requests and waste
Savings through the re-use of original data
A framework for product optimization > Minimize process delays and bottlenecks by designing and defining workflows along with tasks, gates and milestones
Savings through the complete integration of engineering workflows
Improve strategic decisions with central “library” for all product data
Give employees access to the right data on the right time for strategic and full informed decisions
What’s new in Windchill
Experience the power of the digital thread and enable the seamless flow of information across the enterprise.
Interoperability: Windchill Workgroup Manager now supports back compatibility as well as a degree of forward compatibility. This significantly improves the upgrade experience.
Visualization: Improved performance and scalability of 3D visualization for extremely large and complex product structures. With QuickView you can visualize highly complex models resulting in much faster decision making and collaboration.
Dynamic positioning support for Siemens NX: Windchill 13 adds support for Siemens NX locator publishing and dynamic positioning. Designers can define the positioning of components relative to one another in the PLM environment. This saves time as designers do not have to create every configuration in CAD. Additionally, the entire enterprise can easily access configurations for accurate collaboration.
Automation of the regulatory submission process: New in Windchill 13 are various enhancements to objects including revision control which streamlines and simplifies the regulatory submission process. Windchill 13 includes enhanced Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) support as well as support for leveraging the REST framework.
XBOM and process planning: Customers can take advantage of multiple improvements in Windchill 13 to visualize, synchronize and extend the flow of information between engineering and manufacturing. From higher performance visualization of very large structures to new automatic BOM transformation capabilities as well as enhancements in standard control characteristics.